There are hundreds of sportsbooks that have appeared online across the globe, but we have narrowed down the list to the top 5 online sportsbooks that do business in the United States. The method we used to create this list was to gather information from some of the most well-respected sportsbook review sites on the web, curate them, and create a summarized score for each sportsbook. By combining information from all these web sites, we feel that we avoid bias that any one reviewer may give to one of these sportsbooks. Further, it is important to note that since the legal climate for sports betting in America is complicated that this list is for the best online sportsbooks in the United States only. Bettors in other countries may have more or less advantages to using other online sportsbooks. While we won’t get into the legal climate of betting on this blog, the posting found on Is Online Sports Betting Legal? is a great reference. We started this list back in 2013, and will continue to update every six months or so when new information becomes available. With that, here is the list of the top 5 online sportsbooks for U.S. citizens:
Since being purchased by the BetOnline group, the SportsBetting brand has really taken off. Offering an incredible array of futures betting, desirable odds, and a sleek mobile betting platform, SportsBetting is very deserving to have made their way onto this list! Their best promotion is that every deposit is matched with 25% free play, and this is guaranteed for the lifetime of your account. SportsBetting was quick to jump onto the Bitcoin train so depositing and withdrawing money is very quick and easy. Cheap betting limits and reliable payouts are also why we recommend SportBetting as a very trusted brand.
SportBetting Minimum Deposit: $50
SportBetting Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at SportBetting : Join SportsBetting
For a full review of the SportBetting sportsbook: SportsBetting Sportsbook Review
With close to twenty years experience in the industry, Youwager starts off our list in the #4 slot! Their unique platform works well on both a desktop and mobile devices making for seamless use across devices. While betting on the standard stuff is available, Youwager thrives with the best Player Prop betting interface in the industry. With a long running history of great service and customer feedback, Youwager has proven that they are a great sportsbook to use.
Youwager Minimum Deposit: $20
Youwager Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at Youwager: Join Youwager
For a full review of the Youwager sportsbook: Youwager Sportsbook Review
Even though GTBets just started up their operation in 2011, they have already built a great reputation as one of the best sportsbooks in the industry. GTBets offers their clients a great set of deposit promotions and has a rewards system that is one of the best in the out there. For those out there looking for a solid mobile site, GTBets also delivers. The sleek interface and easy navigation makes betting on your smartphone both fun and simple. Since inception, they have increasingly made updates to improve the back end of their system and we don’t expect the updates to slow down in the future. There are a lot of things to like about this sportsbook and their reputation should continue to grow in time.
GTBets Minimum Deposit: $35
GTBets Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at GTBets: Join GTBets
For a full review of the GTBets sportsbook: GTBets Sportsbook Review
BetOnline has been is business since 2001 so we like to refer to them as the “old man on the block”. This designation does not mean that they aren’t ahead of the curve when comparing them to other sportsbooks. In 2017, they were the first sportsbook to offer Ethereum and Litecoin as options for deposit and withdrawal. They also offer a variety of other options for depositing money (including MasterCard and Visa) and they offer one free withdrawal every 30 days by check. They have an all-around very solid web site and what we think is the best mobile site of any sportsbook out there. We are also a huge proponent for low betting limits and BetOnline fits the bill with a $1 minimum bet online!
BetOnline Minimum Deposit: $50
BetOnline Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at BetOnline: Join BetOnline
For a full review of the BetOnline sportsbook: BetOnline Sportsbook Review
With arguably the best reputation in the industry, Bovada shines as our top-rated sportsbook for U.S. players. Bovada has a significant welcome bonus which provides free wagers up to 50% of your deposit. That free bet can be maxed at $250 and it can be used on any type of bet in the sportsbook. Bovada also has a well-designed mobile web site which makes placing bets on the go with your Android or iOS device very easy. Another benefit to using Bovada is their live betting platform. This gives the bettor the abilities to bet on a wide variety of prop bets during a match up. The one drawback that we have with Bovada is that the betting lines seem to come out a little bit later than the other sportsbooks. As long as you don’t mind waiting until the early afternoon to make your bets on basketball and hockey games then you won’t have an issue with Bovada. Taking all of this into account, and knowing that Bovada is very secure and reliable, gives us good reason to name Bovada #1 in our list of top 5 online sportsbooks for U.S. Gamblers.
Bovada Minimum Deposit: $20
Bovada Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at Bovada: Join Bovada
For a full review of the Bovada sportsbook: Bovada Sportsbook Review
Best Sportsbook for the First-Time Bettor: Bovada
Best Sportsbook for the Professional Bettor: SportsBetting
Widest Selection of Games to Bet: Bovada
Widest Selection of Futures to Bet: BetOnline
Easiest Sportsbook to Use: Bovada
Best Lines/Lowest Juice: SportBet
Best Customer Service: GTBets
Best Bonuses and Player Rewards: GTBets
Best Promotions: Bovada
Best for Player Props: Youwager
Best Mobile Platform: BetOnline
Best Bitcoin Sportsbook: Nitrogen Sports
Cheapest/Easiest/Most Reliable Payouts: BetOnline
Best Live Betting: Bovada
Best Horse Racebook: GTBets
Best Casino: Bovada
Our list of sportsbooks that just missed out on making our top five.
WagerWeb has been around for a while now and there may not be a sportsbook that has made more improvements over the past five years. The commitment to constantly upgrade their site and invest in their future is always an excellent sign for a brand. Admittedly, we weren’t the biggest fans of this site when it was introduced to us back in 2013. However, WagerWeb has fixed almost every negative aspect of their site. It is now place where one can bet on a variety of contests with fair odds and reliability to boot.
WagerWeb Minimum Deposit: $50
WagerWeb Minimum Internet Bet: $2
To sign up at WagerWeb: Join WagerWeb
For a full review of the WagerWeb sportsbook: WagerWeb Sportsbook Review
The Nitrogen Sports Sportsbook is a relatively new company that has made some noise as the most popular “Bitcoin Only” sportsbook. This book is unique in that all transactions, bets, parlays, etc. are done in the Bitcoin (BTC) currency. While this does add a level of complexity in that the Bitcoin currency isn’t stable, it has it’s benefits as well. The Nitrogen Sports Sportsbook is completely anonymous and depositing and withdrawing money is almost instantaneous! There is also a great selection of sports, props and match ups that are available.
Nitrogen Sports Minimum Deposit: None
Nitrogen Sports Minimum Internet Bet: 0.001 BTC
To sign up at Nitrogen Sports: Join Nitrogen Sports
For a full review of the Nitrogen Sports sportsbook: Nitrogen Sports Sportsbook Review
9/7/2020- 5Dimes leaving the U.S. market for the time being.
7/23/2020- BetOnline and GTBets moved up the list, while 5Dimes moved down the list on BTC fees and slower payouts.
8/20/2018- Added Youwager to the list.
12/17/2017- Updated Superlatives list.
11/29/2017- No change in the list, but updated information for each sportsbook.
7/25/2017- Added Nitrogen Sports.
5/24/2017- While we have a relatively clear top 3, there isn’t much difference between #4 and our Honorable Mention books. We are moving SportBetting up to #4 based on their awesome bonus structure.
9/13/2016- BetOnline moves up due to early lines and overall reputation. SportBet moves up on having elite odds.
6/14/2016- BetAnySports added to the list. GTBets moves up with new betting interface.
10/19/2015- GTBets up to #4, SportsBetting down to #5, simply on the fact that you get something different at GTBets whereas SportBetting and BetOnline share a very similar platform. Added SportBet to the list.
9/19/2014- SportsBetting up to #4, GTBets up to #5 and Top Bet down to Honorable Mention. This is of no fault to Top Bet, SportsBetting and GTBets have really proven to be a great sportsbooks.
7/10/2014- GTBets.eu is on the list as Honorable Mention. WagerWeb falls off the list completely.
5/15/2014- BetOnline.ag moves up from #5 to #3. SportsBetting.ag enters the list at #5. WagerWeb falls to Honorable Mention from #3.
11/11/2013- Dropped BetDSI from #2 to Honorable Mention because of the cost of payouts is very high and I think their customer service could be a bit better. Pushed 5Dimes up to #2 from #4 as they have been an all-around solid book. Dropped Top Bet to #4 from #3, and welcomed WagerWeb to the mix at #3.
Other Sportsbook Reviews
Though not listed above, these are other sportsbooks that we have reviewed in great detail.
Coupled with my own research, the web sites below were also used to evaluate these Sportsbooks. Please refer to them if you would like to read their specific reviews: